Quebec’s hunting and fishing organization does a lot of wonderful work. In addition to maintaining a large nature reserve and conducting several conservation programs, they maintain a fabulous museum filled with spectacular taxidermy specimens, all waiting for sketchers to put them to paper.
Several of us went there last week and spent several hours enjoying the place. I started with this coyote. He had a somewhat sleepy left eye that could have been real or the result of the taxidermy. In any case, I think he has a beautiful face.
We stopped for lunch, taking advantage of their well-equipped eating area. It looks out on the surrounding forest, which is now deep in snow. I confess that with coffee in hand and good company it was a bit hard to head back to sketching.
When we did I decided that I’d draw one of the many deer heads on display. I chose this one and did a very relaxed drawing of him and his wonderful antlers. I love drawing antlers, though visually I find them hard. When I finished everyone was packing up to head back to town. I’m sure, though, as the winter bears down on us, that we’ll be back.